Nugent Koscielny - Painter

Nugent Kos has been painting for over 20 years. She graduated from VCU in Richmond, Virginia with a BFA in Painting/Printmaking and studied figure drawing at the Beaux Arts de Paris.  She is currently pursuing her MFA in Studio Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She has exhibited her work in galleries and alternative spaces in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and France.

She continues to paint in her home studio here in Lynchburg, Virginia. Her work current combines powdery pigments, paints, exotic papers, canvas, and textiles to communicate her ideas. Layer after layer a story unfolds. She interprets and translates her perception of the natural world and human interactions that create change.  Her work uses process, color, movement, texture and scale to express her sense of wonder about this human interconnection and the world in which we live.

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When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I have been interested in the arts since I was a young child. I knew by high school I wanted to work professionally in the arts and went on to get my BFA in college.

How does your personal story/background influence your work?

I think every work of art is a little bit of a self-portrait.

Which of your works are you most proud of?

Of my recent work, I am proud of 'This Is Just The Beginning'. I worked on this piece for a couple of months and creating one hundred baby sea turtles to collage onto canvas was satisfying.

What is the hardest part about being a professional artist?

As a professional artist you are in business and being in business for yourself means self-discipline and self-motivation. 

I think the hardest part about being a professional artist is finding balance. Artist is such a passionate endeavor and I tend to get lost in my work.